Subaru Ratings

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    2002 Subaru Forester - L (M5)

    Pros: I finally have a shoulder restraint that doesn't rub my neck - the height of the attachment is adjustable.

    Cons: It's just a little small in the seat (I'm plus size) - the seat belt catch (on the driver's right side) rubs my hip until I adjust it out of the way every time.

    Advice: Check out the government safety tests - Subaru excells!

    Zippy and fun. The 4WD holds to the road securely but not obviously. When my Nissan Pathinder was in 4WD and I made low speed turn to park, I could feel it pulling itself thru the turn. The Forrester just feels like I'm driving!

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Functional hood scoupe

    Cons: Antenna mounted on the 'A' pillar

    Advice: Get to the dealer fast, drive it, buy it!!

    I am impressed with the acceleration this vehicle offers off the line. You would never guess a vehicle with all wheel drive could accelerate at such a fast rate. There is a bit of turbo lag below 3K rpms, however, it leaves such a rush once the turbo kicks...

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: power/weight ratio

    Cons: front end styling

    Advice: get one

    Best 0-60mph/$ spent, this side of a motorcycle. Fun to drive. Quiet and steady at 90 mph. Great in snow (of course).

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - 2.5RS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Auto shut off headlights

    Cons: Stock stereo, it's kinda weak

    Advice: If you get it, keep it clean and looking good. Baby it.

    I'm 21 and my car is my baby. It handles better than anything I've ever driven, and is the smoothest ride I've ever been in as well. I love that it has the 'get-up-and-go' when I want it and the 'whoa!' when I need it. As far as the looks go, mine doesn't look like the picture, it looks better with rounded headlights and a smooth hood. It also has no fog lamps, but rather openings for them, but those are covered. So I love the way it looks. It has indeed turned the head of many envious mini-van driving fathers, and guys my age as well.

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Smooth power

    Cons: elbow rest for right arm (kept catching my down jacket while shifting)

    Advice: you probably don't need this car

    OH MY GOD!!! I want one, but my teenage driver kids would kill themselves. Comfortable, quiet, easy to drive, and goes like a bat out of ----. Trundles around quite nicely in town, looks mundane, DON'T hammer the gas untill you need to be gone. Then you are. I loved it!!!

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The acceleration and handling

    Cons: The Back seats should fold down

    Advice: Get one fast....they are underpriced!

    I just traded in my '99 Cougar V6 for the WRX Sedan. While I enjoyed the Cougar, this WRX BLOWS IT AWAY!! The power, feel and handling of the car are amazing. It makes you feel like you own the road. I like the unassuming external appearance; it makes me smirk to pull up next to a Mustang, the new Acura, or even a BMW, knowing who's car has more giddy up.

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Overall handling and performance

    Cons: No scan feature on the radio

    Advice: Test drive it

    This car offers it all! If you like performance, fuel economy, and handling, this is the vehicle. I read all of the reviews, and for the most part they were accurate about the pluses and minuses of the design. Looks aren't the greatest, but the more you drive it, the better it looks.